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Are Cellphone Videos Reshaping Police Use of Deadly Force?

May 27, 2015


Boldminds LLC 2015 - Cop CamCitizen reporting, and a citizen’s responsibility to report events is in line with America’s philosophies of freedom and justice. Technology merged with Constitutional Rights have become the driving force of change that has created a sense of urgency. This urgency in regards to the reform policies related to how police use deadly force, and how police officials will likely develop urban police strategies particularly aimed at conflict de-escalation between police and Black males especially. See how Amateur Videos Reshaping Police Use of Deadly Force.

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May 12, 2015
The past 12 months in America has brought us to witness incidents involving race and ethnicity within our culture that we all would agree has either been very unpleasant or has made us feel very uncomfortable and even more frustrating to discuss. The forefront of this emerging national conversation on race and justice has been sparked by cellphone videos and police dash and body cams videos of police use of deadly force particularly involving unarmed Black males. It’s not necessary to list and recap all of these incidents, because they have been reported on and played at length. It is my belief, as a 19 year veteran police officer, that we as Americans must immediately move towards the creation of solutions aimed at resolving what is being viewed as a progressively hostile relationship between police and Black men. Moreover, it   must be a high priority from both the Black community and the Police that specifically focuses on fixing what has been made clear as a contentious relationship between police and the urban community.
One step towards creating solutions is owning the problem. I will start it off….


Black Cop Speaks Out – Owning the Problem

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Racial Profiling Cases: Uber Driver Survives Raging NYPD Detective

April 1, 2015

Racial Profiling Cases

Tracial profiling stories and cases unarmed black man shot by policehe recent motor vehicle stop by a New York Police detective assigned to the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force was once again caught on an amateur video cam and has gone viral. The detective launches an all out verbal assault on the Uber driver who appears to be of Arab or East Asian decent.

The number one complaint that citizens file against police officers in most racial profiling cases,  is for verbal abuse. In most cases, the incident occurred during the course of a motor vehicle stop. Often, the citizen reports that he was pulled over “for no reason,” and the officer began to yell at him “for no reason” and then began to harass and insult him “for no reason.” The irony is that most of these complaints are filed after a citizen has been arrested during that motor vehicle stop. And, when the Internal Affairs Division begins to investigate the case, the investigator finds that, in most cases, the citizen became loud and rowdy with the officer, which led to the officer arresting the citizen for disorderly conduct or interfering with a police investigation.

Law enforcement officers should take note of the information listed below that holds them to specific standards of conduct when performing “routine motor vehicle stops.”

Taken from State Infraction Ticket Book:


At all times be COURTEOUS, FAIR, and HONEST. Remember the public opinion of law enforcement is judged almost entirely by your (the officer’s) conduct.

In issuing a complaint (ticket).

  1. Introduce yourself to the accused by saying: “I am (give your rank, name and the enforcement agency you represent).
  2. Ask for the driver’s license and registration certificate or other identification.
  3. Advise the accused of the offense committed.
  4. Advise the accused that you are going to issue a complaint (ticket) for the offense(s).
  5. Ask for any additional information necessary to fill out the complaint.
  6. Fill out the complaint, have the accused sign the original and give the accused the proper copy along with an envelope. If the accused refuses to sign the original, print “REFUSED” on the signature line.DO NOT– Quiz the accused on knowledge of the law.
  7. DO NOT– Indulge in personal remarks or altercations.
  8. DO NOT– Lecture the accused.

Schedule answer date for the second Friday after the date of the offense, even if such Friday is a holiday (may vary State to State).


Racial Profiling Cases

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Racial Profiling Prohibition Project Forum: Laws, Cases & Solutions

Exclusive Report On Ferguson Racial Profiling

March 5, 2015



On Wednesday March 4, 2015, the Justice Department also issued a 100-page report that confirmed America’s greatest nightmare – systemic racial profiling and race discrimination by the Ferguson police and criminal justice court system exclusively against African-Americans better known and Black people with the vast majority being Black males.  




The police want to be safe and keep people safe from the bad people. The reality is that often, the bad people will require the police to use force and sometimes that force will be deadly. Unfortunately, the current trends show that the use of deadly force has been levied at a greater level against Black and Brown men. As a result, police officers are under a furious microscope that impedes the moral level and weakens our society’s daily security. The goal must be to understanding the police use of deadly force in present day America is not optional; it’s a prerequisite to achieving national security. However, the pursuit of that understanding needs to take in account how deadly force is used in communities that have valid concerns over police misconduct.


Exclusive Report On Ferguson Racial Profiling

Also Check Out: Huffington Post: Discovering Racial Audits





Huffington Post: Discovering Racial Audits

February 27, 2015

Discovering Racial Audits- Huffington Post pic

It has been 86 days since the largely anticipated grand jury’s decision in the Ferguson shooting, and 77 days since the grand jury’s decision in the New York choking incident involving the late Eric Garner. Both ended with no indictments, which left the nation to brace itself, creating a pseudo-atmosphere in which society could move forward.

The latest chapter of race relations may have appeared in written form this week, when a racially incendiary letter was written on a Bridgeport Police Department’s letterhead. This has created a new dimension to the race relations dialogue………Read More

Continue Reading about Shafiq’s powerful piece now featured in the Huffington Post and be sure to leave your impute in the comment section of the Huffington Post.



Huffington Post: Discovering Racial Audits

Also Check Out: Huffington Post Feature on Ferguson – Diffusing Racial Dynamite

2014 in review

December 30, 2014

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 3,300 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 55 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Awaiting The Ferguson Decision

November 15, 2014

      Diffusing Racial Dynamite on the eve of the Ferguson Grand Jury Decision

     The conditions appear to have been long set in places like Ferguson, Missouri, where American citizens live together in a city that is made up of two worlds. The prevalence of social media and technology has conveniently allowed for people to discuss very sensitive topics of race, religion, gender, and politics at 140 characters at a time. It seems that, although America has advanced into a developed society, the conditions that contribute to the country’s dilemma of racial disparity continue to threaten national peace and prosperity.


Continue Reading about Shafiq’s powerful piece now featured in the Huffington Post and be sure to leave your impute in the comment section of the Huffington Post.


Diffusing Racial Dynamite

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